Never have I been quite as upset to be right about a prediction here on TPLIYP. In gut wrenching fashion, those eh-holes from up north lived up to their expectations and took home the gold medal in hockey. After the United States had silenced the building with a game tying goal just 24 seconds before the end of the 3rd, Sidney Fucking Crosby electrified the crowd with a game winning goal in sudden death overtime. While we as Americans are upset that we did not win the gold, we still have plenty to be way proud about, including the fact that Canada still sucks.
Good god, anybody but Sidney Crosby. Why did he have to score the game winner? I can not stand that cry baby and how he somehow always gets to be the hero. He had done nothing all game, and then on a broken play the puck landed right in front of him. He is long overdue for some sort of catastrophic event to befall him. Nonetheless, you have to give the Canadians credit. In one game, they avenged their earlier loss to the U.S. and also managed to come back after blowing a two goal lead to win it in OT. Congratulations to you Canada, with a team chock full of perennial all stars, you managed to just barely do enough to win the gold medal.
While America had to settle for a silver, I think we learned a lot of positive things from this Olympic hockey tournament. First, youth is the key to success. In past years, the US has fielded teams with much more star power, but they have performed miserably. Guys like John Leclair, Keith Tkachuk, Jeremy Roenick and Mike Richter lumbered about and guided the U.S. teams to solid 10th place finishes in the past, even though their teams were considered to be very talented. I think with age comes a decreasing amount of reverence and spirit in the Olympics. The U.S. took a page from their previous Olympic hockey gold medal teams and went young this year. These guys worked hard every single game and you could tell that they really wanted to represent their country to the best of their ability. I think you will continue to see this strategy employed going forward in the Olympics.
Not only did the United States fare well in hockey, they fared very well over all. The U.S. won the medal count for the first time since 1932 and in doing so, set a new record for medals won with 37. That is pretty sweet. The Canadians may argue that they won the most golds, but the truth of the matter is that many of them can not even count to 37. Those 51st staters can go suck a railroad spike. The United States beat them in their attempts to "Own the podium" and didn't embarrass ourselves by only having three supports come out of the ground during opening ceremonies. A gaffe that the Canadians had to atone for by making fun of themselves for on worldwide television during the closing ceremonies. So much for those syrup suckers gaining national confidence.
Canada may have won the battle on the ice today, but I would say that the U.S. won the war. Taking home 7 more medals than our competitors, the U.S. will reap the benefits as this will only promote more kids to participate in all of these sports in the future. Perhaps the most important of these will be hockey. The United States hockey program really made a statement this year, and I think we will continue to see the United States in strong competition for the gold medal from here on out in hockey, regardless of whether NHL players are used or not. Bravo to team USA and a half hearted congrats to those cheesers and snowbacks from up north.